Hangover Helpers

Yesterday, I had my work Christmas party. It was an absolute blast, however, being at the office the day after means a debilitating hangover isn’t an option.

With Christmas parties, inevitably come hangovers, whether it’s one too many Gluweins at the German Market, or a full on cocktail induced stupor. Sometimes nil by mouth is the only treatment, but there are some angelic ingredients that can help cure your hangover quick, so you can function before 4pm the day after.

Ginger Tea
Ginger is well-known for its nausea reducing properties, so rather than reaching straight for a strong coffee (which is likely to make your hangover worse as coffee is a diuretic) brew some ginger tea instead. If you have ginger teabags in, perfect, if not, simply cut a couple of slices off a fresh piece of ginger and pour over boiling water. Steep for a few minutes and sip, slowly, to settle your stomach.

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a lack of potassium in the body, which contributes to that thumping hangover headache. Reach for a banana to replenish the potassium and help relieve your aching head. Even better, make a banana smoothie with kiwi, spinach, coconut water and honey, to rehydrate and replace electrolytes and sugars, as well as potassium, and you’ll be well on your way to feeling better.

Eggs and Avocado
Eggs and avocados are both full of protein which the body needs to repair itself after the damage you’ve done with alcohol. Avocados are easy on the stomach, and are really tasty at the same time. One of my favourite hangover breakfasts when I can manage food is avocado on toast with poached eggs. If you can stomach it, a few dashes of tabasco will help rev up your metabolism. It can have the same effect as a prairie oyster but will taste WAY better!

Miso Soup
In Japan, there are some instant miso soups which are actually marketed as hangover remedies! The high sodium content of miso soup helps replace depleted sodium in your body (which can help avoid that horrible muscle cramp I often get in my calves after a night out drinking) and the fermented soybeans used to make the miso paste aid digestion. What’s even better is that all you need do is boil the kettle, rip open a packet, pour and stir.

Hair of the Dog
While I can never recommend a hair of the dog, as it will only delay your hangover rather than cure it, there’s nothing better on Boxing day morning than my dad’s Bloody Mary to drag me out of my pit.  The recipe is simple, a double shot of good vodka (I recommend Reyka), Schweppes tomato juice, a good slug of Worcestershire sauce, a couple of shakes of Tabasco, a spritz of lemon, celery salt and LOTS of ice. It might not help in the long run, but it’s so delicious you won’t care!